An Eleventh Aspect?

Team 9Team Noon

By Jocelyn

Here’s a little something worthy of conversation:  How about adding an 11th element to the 10 attributes of fitness.  You know, that list of general skills we have written on the white board next to the climbing wall?

1.    Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance
2.    Stamina
3.    Strength
4.    Flexibility
5.    Power
6.    Speed
7.    Coordination
8.    Agility
9.    Balance
10.   Accuracy

Seems pretty balanced and all encompassing, sure.  But what about psychological durability?  With all of the pain we must put ourselves through to become as fit as we can be, wouldn’t it make sense to include the mental toughness required to reach such great  heights to the list of things we consider when measuring fitness?
I realize it’s an abstract idea.  After all, CrossFit is a fitness program designed to be measurable and how could you possible measure mental toughness?  Not to mention, the list of skills above are physical skills specifically.  But it seems to me that the winners of the CrossFit Games must have been conditioned far beyond a physical capacity when you consider what was required of them throughout the weekend.  And out there those who prevail as a result of their fitness capacity (heroes, firefighters and first responders, survivors, etc) are never the weak minded.  In fact, those who rise above often share stories of adversity in which their strong will and mentality pushed them beyond their limits.

Call me crazy, but it might even deserve the number 1 spot.



Tabata Sumo/Slam Ball Couplet

SDHP (135/95)
Slam Ball

*Complete 8 tabata rounds of SDHP  (20 sec on/ 10 sec off)
rest 1 min
then complete 8 tabata rounds of Slam Ball (20 sec on/ 10 sec off)

rest 5 minutes, then:

100 double unders for time

*to scale double unders substitute 300 single unders.

Cliff thought to himself, “hell, it’s 5:00PM somewhere in the world.”

…This gives a whole new meaning to alcohol numbing the pain

Oh, I could do this all day.  Please post your own wise cracks to comments.


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